Blue switch (Super Mario Galaxy)

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Mario near a blue switch in the Space Storm Galaxy

A blue switch[1][2] is a ! Switch functioning as a Ground-Pound Switch that appears in Super Mario Galaxy. During gameplay, Mario or Luigi must ground-pound the blue switches. Upon one being pressed, a temporary effect marked with a speeding-up ticking sound occurs, ending with a ding. Two blue switches appear in the Beach Bowl Galaxy, where they briefly spawn wooden platforms, and they also appear in the Bubble Breeze Galaxy, where they open alternate paths.

Blue switches return with similar roles in Super Mario Galaxy 2. One freezes the water on a small planetoid in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy, one moves an elevator for a Gold Chomp in the Chompworks Galaxy, and one briefly changes a field of gravity in Upside Dizzy Galaxy. In certain stages with unusually fast obstacles, found in the Space Storm Galaxy, Clockwork Ruins Galaxy, and Stone Cyclone Galaxy, the switches cause the entire screen to turn black and white with a rippling effect and the music to sound compressed. The main effect of hitting one of these switches, however, is that it slows down all the obstacles around Mario or Luigi. The switches can allow him to pass under a Thwomp or jump on a fast-moving platform with ease.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヒップドロップタイマースイッチ[3]
Hippu Doroppu Taimā Suitchi
Hip Drop Timer Switch

German Lahm-Schalter
Lame Switch
Italian Interruttore Tempo Schianto a Terra[4]
Ground Pound Time Switch


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  1. ^ Black, Fletcher (November 9, 2007). Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-7615-5643-5. Page 131, 156, 157.
  2. ^ Browne, Catherine (May 23, 2010). Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Random House Inc. ISBN 978-0-30746-907-6. Page 92, 180, 221, 257.
  3. ^ 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 171.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 171.